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Michael Wick named associate vice chancellor for academic affairs

RELEASED: May 20, 2011

Dr. Michael Wick
Dr. Michael Wick

EAU CLAIRE — Dr. Michael Wick has been named associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire following a national search. He will begin his new role July 1.

Wick has served as interim associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of graduate studies since 2009. As associate vice chancellor, he will provide operational direction and coordination in academic affairs, including the oversight of personnel matters, supporting university strategic-planning goals, coordinating academic affairs department/unit program reviews and annual reports, facilitating campus accreditation processes, overseeing and advocating for select units and programs, preparing instructional and divisional presentations and reports, and serving as a liaison to the UW System as well as various campus initiatives.

"Changes in the federal and state landscape for public higher education have created the demand for university administrators who can navigate these new challenges and opportunities while respecting the mission of their institutions," said Dr. Patricia A. Kleine, UW-Eau Claire provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. "In the past two years and during the search process, Dr. Wick continually demonstrated his ability to look beyond simply managing processes to envisioning solutions and embracing requisite skills for positioning the university in the 21st century."

John Pollitz, UW-Eau Claire director of libraries, chaired the associate vice chancellor search and screen committee.

"The committee considered a very strong selection of candidates for this position," Pollitz said. "The associate vice chancellor for academic affairs plays a central role to the mission of our university. I am very pleased that Dr. Wick will now serve in this role for which he has so ably served as interim over the past two years.

Wick said the coming years present considerable challenges for higher education and UW-Eau Claire.

"I am humbled by my colleagues' confidence in my ability to help with those challenges, and I am honored to serve this great institution through the associate vice chancellor position," Wick said.

During his two years as interim associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of graduate studies, Wick's accomplishments included playing a key role in establishing the Blugold Commitment differential tuition program, serving as primary author of the UW-Eau Claire educational attainment plan, leading the development of the bachelor of professional studies degree program, facilitating the development of a tutoring center in McIntyre Library that also will serve as an expanded home for the University Writing Center, authoring a plan to facilitate an organized and effective response to disasters that might threaten students' education and safety, guiding the acquisition and deployment of a new campus emergency notification system, and leading the development of an academic master plan for presentation to the UW System Board of Regents.

Wick, who also is a professor of computer science and has been a member of UW-Eau Claire's computer science faculty since 1991, also was director of UW-Eau Claire's First-Year Experience program in 2009 and chair of the computer science department from 2004-08. He has had additional leadership roles as a member of the College of Arts and Sciences Diversity Advisory Committee, University General Education Reform Committee, University Senate Compensation Committee and University Senate Faculty Personnel Committee.

Wick received doctoral and master's degrees in computer science from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor's degree in computer science from UW-Eau Claire.

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